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Feather grasses, delicate creatures in a tough environment

Flora · Vinschgau · 856 m
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  • Gone with the wind
    / Gone with the wind
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  • / Grey feather grass (stipa pennata)
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  • / Delicate feather grass (stipa eriocaulis)
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  • / Bunch grass (stipa capillata)
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Feather grasses (stipa pennata and related types) are the ornaments that adorn all dry grasslands. They are named for the feather-like awn of their fruit, which helps them to spread with the wind. Feather grasses in South Tyrol are actually most commonly found near the Mediterranean. They prefer warm and dry environments as well as barren landscapes. There are three different feather grass varieties, which can only be distinguished by experts. Feather grasses should not be confused with bunch grass (stipa capillata), which is also present here. These feature a simple awn and are most commonly found in the steppe landscapes of Asia.
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Update: August 18, 2016

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46.626611, 10.878345
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46°37'35.8"N 10°52'42.0"E
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